A Complete Guide to Heraldry

A Complete Guide to Heraldry by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1871-1928) was originally published in 1909 by T.C. & E.C. Jack. The work has since passed through countless editions and remains in print more than 80 years after its author’s death.

A Complete Body of Heraldry

Joseph Edmondson’s two volume set A Complete Body of Heraldry (1780) was one of the most ambitious undertakings in heraldry of the time, containing descriptions of knightly orders, histories of peers of Great Britain, and nearly 50,000 coats of arms; it is a great resource for arms coming from England, Wales, and Ireland before the 19th century.

Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry

Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry

Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry by Arthur Francis Pimbley was published in Baltimore, Maryland by the author in 1908. While it appears that Pimbley was a self taught scholar of heraldry, his book did end up in a number of University libraries and was digitized fairly early on in the internet boom of heraldry.

Bolton’s American Armory

Bolton’s American Armory

The book Bolton’s American Armory contains the blazon of many American families known to have brought coats of arms with them at the time of immigration to North America and the Caribbean.

The Symbolisms of Heraldry (1898)

The Symbolisms of Heraldry (1898)

W. Cecil Wade collected traditional heraldry metaphors in his work The Symbolisms of Heraldry (1898). In 168 pages and 8 pages of illustrations, Wade passed on the bulk of the knowledge of “traditional” heraldic symbology known in the 19th century....

A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry

First published in 1894 in London, England by James Parker and Company, A Glossary of Terms Used in Herarldy by Henry Gough has become one of the most influential books of the 21st century for heraldry hobbyists.